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army. despite the billions spent and the thousands of lives lost, the taliban has not been defeated. some say at the america pulls out too quickly, it will be trade promises made and leave afghanistan vulnerable. >> it will be difficult to engage down the road if there is a large al qaeda return or the taliban takes over the country, to get the afghanistan's to trust us when we say we will be there to help you. >> america described it as the final chapter in afghanistan. president obama downsized out of the ambitions, winding down the war that is increasingly unpopular at home. this is not the final chapter. that is just that americans have grown wary about spending the money and spilling the blood. >>> for more on the future of the u.s. mission, i spoke a short time ago with the former u.s. ambassador to afghanistan. ambassador, thank you very much for coming in. president obama says that things are going so well he can actually speed up the transition. are the afghan security forces really ready to take over in the spring or is this more a matter of expediency for both countries?
about is that from our perspective, it is not possible to reconcile without the taliban renouncing terrorism, without them recognizing the afghan constitution, and recognizing that if there are changes that they want to make to how the afghan government operates, then there is an orderly constitutional process to do that, and you can't resort to violence. the afghan constitution protects the rights of afghan women. and the united states strongly believes that afghanistan cannot succeed unless it gives opportunity to its women. we believe that about every country in the world. and so, you know, we will continue to voice very strongly support for the afghan constitution, its protection of minorities, its protection of women, and we think that a failure to provide that protection, not only will make reconciliation impossible to achieve, but also would make afghan -- afghanistan's long-term development impossible to achieve. the single best indicator or one of the single best indicators of a country's prosperity around the world is how does it treat its women. does it educate that half
be an option that would probably lead to an afghan government under pressure from taliban, perhaps, al qaeda. you know the world in a vacuum i think that would start to leave a vacuum by the government to be filled by taliban for sure and result in afghanistan that is found before the turn of the century. >> you would recommend against it? >> if i were still in office yes, i would. i think there's potential in afghanistan to make the place a lot more secure with the afghan forces but it will take more time than we have currently. >> why do you think the white house may see it differently? >> i think part of it is there's always a tension between getting afghans to take responsibility for their own actions, and making sure they're doing all they can and not overly relying on u.s. and allied forces. i think part of what we're seeing is playing out probably in the media here is to put some pressure on the karzai government to be realistic about their expectations and make sure afghans are doing all they can to ensure their own security. >> what might come out of the karzai
're living right now in the united kingdom because the taliban says it would shoot her again. malala became a target after she campaigned for women in afghanistan. my friend and colleague has been covering the story since the beginning. good of you to come in on this saturday. first of all, remarkable recovery. how is she doing? >> she's doing well by all accounts. sources close to her say she's recovering well. this girl was shot in the head at point-blank range and she's only 15 years old. so by all accounts, being able to walk out of the hospital in her own two feet is a major milestone when it comes to her recovery. she's got a physical recovery to make after a long surgery and hopefully at the end of this month and then, of course, there's a psychological recovery and there's a lot of trauma when it comes to being shot by the taliban and this girl has a long road ahead of her. >> she's committed to her fight for education in pakistan. will they come back? >> it doesn't look like it right now. certainly they've been saying and pakistani officials have been saying, but they want to go ba
taliban fighters who attacked u.s. forces in afghanistan. five other people were killed in the strike, including one of his aides. >>> we know that dallas cowboys lineman josh brent had a blood-alcohol limit twice the legal limit during his accident. but now an autopsy found that brown was sober at the time of the crash. his blood-alcohol was 0.056, well below the legal standards. >> neither wearing seat belts, as well. >>> another sports story, an inspiring one from southern new jersey. josh berelli is star of his high school team, averaging over 20 points in the game and suffers from a condition that causes rashes and lesions. all he can do is take medication and spend eight minutes a day in a tanning booth. there will be much more on this story coming up on "good morning mech." i believe he was the first diagnosed case in the united states and they really don't know a lot about this. very, very rare. >> no one has even heard of it. >> and it clears up. he was in remission, now he's suffering another setback. >>> here's a look at your friday forecast. flurries in weste
priorities backwards. if taliban takes control again in afghanistan, we won't have to worry about protecting drone bases or diplomats because we won't be there at all. and i think this is part of the unreality of the obama administration's approach there. the low troop numbers that they're contemplating, that they will be discussing with president karzai will not be any where near sufficient to accomplish our strategic objective, america's strategic objective which is defeating the taliban. and i think we're --. bill: it is fascinating. i apologize for the interruption how the events in benghazi are now shaping our foreign policy whether this administration wants to admit it or not. >> well that perhaps is the small glimmer of good news that they recognize that benghazi was a real debacle for our security policies for embassies overseas but the larger question here in afghanistan is the administration's unwillingness to do what we need to do to prevent 10 years of sacrifice and loss of life by our forces from simply being wasted if the taliban come back into power. bill: well this administra
're expected to discuss peace talks with the taliban and future troop levels before karzai sits down with president obama on friday. >>> new jersey governor chris christie is not happy with the image of himself on the cover of "time" magazine. saying it made him look like a mob boss. that image aside, polls show christie's handling of super storm sandy has made him more popular with democrats than republicans. >>> next, to a disturbing story out of russia. what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a tragic turn as a giant inflatable zorb ball with two men inside veered off course and rolled off a mountain cliff. one man was killed, and the other is in serious condition. >>> off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was swimming nearby while the boat was spinning in circles. a police boat was able to rescue the boater and he is reportedly doing well. >>> and a huge doomsday asteroid made a fly-by of the earth last night at a distance of 9 million miles. it's more than 1,000 feet wide. and could hit the earth in the 2036. i certainly hope not. >
're expected to discuss peace talks with the taliban and future u.s. troops before karzai sits down with the president on friday. >>> a disturbing story out of russia, what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a tragic turn, as a giant inflatable zorb ball with two men inside veered off course, one man was killed and the other is in serious condition. >>> off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was swimming around nearby while the boat was spinning in circle. a police craft was finally able to rescue the boater and he is reportedly doing well. >>> and the huge doomsday asteroid made a fly-by of the u.s. last night, it's more than 1,000 feet wide and could actually hit the earth in the year 2036. >>> now for a look at wall street, the dow opened the day at 13,390 after gaining 61 points on wednesday. overseas the nikkei rose 74. >>> earnings optimism returned to the street wednesday. today, we'll see how investors react to the latest data. holiday retail sales and earnings from oil giant chevron. appled closed above 700 while facebook was sp
to the taliban, taking out a top militant commander in pakistan. he supplied money and weapons to taliban fighters who attacked u.s. forces in afghanistan. officials say five other people were killed in the strike, including one of nazar's aides. >>> we know that dallas cowboys lineman josh brent had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he crashed his vehicle last month, an accident that killed his friend and teammate, jerry brown. but now an autopsy found that brown was sober at the time of the crash. officials say brown's blood-alcohol was 0.056, well below the texas legal standards. >> neither wearing seat belts, as well. >>> another sports story, an inspiring one from southern new jersey. josh berelli is star of his high school team, averaging over 20 points a game and suffers from one of the rarest diseases on the planet that causes rashes and lesions. all he can do is take medication and spend eight minutes a day in a tanning booth. there will be much more on this story coming up on "good morning america." talk about rare. i believe he was the first diagnosed case in the
with the taliban? that could actually produce a formal end to the war, our departure really can't. jenna: if you would, michael, because the last time you were in afghanistan i remember reading some of your notes from that trip. you said at that time you said the taliban are not winning now, but that that could change, and so when we're looking at a war and finishing it and who won and who lost if the taliban are negotiated with is that a win for us? is it a win for the american people and our security? >> i think our core security goal is to make sure that the government in afghanistan is in control of its own territory to the point where terrorists sanctuaries cannot spring up again. that is the core american national security goal. we'd like to be able to also keep an eye on pakistan's western provincess from that area as well and continue some of the operations that as you know we've been conducting from afghanistan to go after terrorists there too. those are our core interests. everything else is in the category of nice to v. unfortunately you can't necessarily go after a terrorist unless y
that would be under pressure from taliban, perhaps al qaeda. you know, the world, of course, is a vacuum. i think that would start to leave a vacuum and a vulnerability to the afghan government that would be filled by taliban for sure and could result in an afghanistan that we found before the turn of this century. >> so you would recommend against it. >> if i were still in office, yes, i would. i think there's potential there in afghanistan to make the place a lot more secure with afghan forces, but it's going to take more time than we have currently. >> why do you think the white house may see it differently? >> i think part of it is there's always tension between getting afghans to take responsibility for their own actions and making sure they're doing all they can and not overly relying on u.s. and allied forces. so i think part of what we're seeing is playing out probably in the media here is to put some pressure on the karzai government to be realistic about their expectations and make sure that the afghans are doing all they can to ensure their own security. >> what might come out of
negotiating power with the taliban. >> the position we take in showing that we are going to continue to complete this mission, the better the chances we have to ultimately achieve political reconciliation. >> the pentagon was only the beginning of the afghan president's visit to washington. >> our meeting, i believe, helped -- will help lay the ground work for president karzai's discussions tomorrow with president obama. >> sources say president karzai and his defense minister brought a wish list to the pentagon, drones, helicopters, and hardware to support their security forces. >> what we talked about yesterday was, you know, let's move beyond a wish list of equipment. >> the u.s. want assurances the terrorists won't set up troops in afghanistan after the troops leave. karzai agreed. >> be able to provide security to these people. >> but a recent pentagon reports that the afghan border patrol relies on the u.s. for even its most basic needs, food and water. it's rife with illiteracy, lack of accountability, and corruption. and these conditions are expected to endure beyond 2014. bu
to afghanistan. we went to 9/11 because al-qaeda was there and it was in our interests. we up ended taliban government and we incurred some responsibility to help afghanistan set itself on the right course. we have largely done that. it's not perfect but women have rights that they didn't have before. there are six million females in school that wouldn't be if we had left it the way it was. >> neil: but not leaving a single troop there? >> i think president obama offered a strategic partnership to afghanistan back in 2009 when he authorized the troops. i think they need to know we are partners whether it's a certain number or amount of money or whatever, i think it's the idea that we are their ally and partner. we'll thereby to help them navigate. >> neil: you first arrived in 2002. you are a great student of history. that is what is really masterful in this book. so we have done our duty and we have done all we can do and time to go? >> it's partly our duty and partly our american strategic interests. when we arrived in 2002, afghanistan had already been torn by 23 years of war. the societ
's attention because many fear if there are no u.s. troops the country will revert to the taliban you have provided options not to the president yet but to the national security staff. as you know i don't speak about options until i have had a chance to speak to the president. >> at the state department president karzai is dining tonight with secretary clinton and leon panetta. he brought a long list of military equipment that karzai needs from kabul but which what is is increasingly clear whatever u.s. presence there will be in afghanistan after 2014 will be quite small, shepard. >> jenks then there is israel. the israeli defense minister in town in washington and talking about concerns of serious chemical weapons amid that civil war. >> it's interesting, the last time that ehud barak the defense minister was in town in washington at the end the of last year. we started hearing reports that there was new intelligence suggesting that sara ran gas had been mixed and maybe even loaded into weapons inside syria. just two days ago we heard the "new york times" report that that intelligence cam
not going to work backward from what has been accomplished. we have seriously weakened the taliban. you know, the two remain resilient. we know they're still out there, but we've been able to take the battle to the taliban and prevent them from getting any territory they lost and we're continuing to do that. we are seeing a ansf and afghan military that is increasingly important its ability to be operational. we've gone through a transition areas and above of a 75% of the population of afghanistan and those transitions are working, moving in the right direction and it is the ansf providing the security with regards to all of these areas. in addition to that, we have and removing the fourth tranche in next year will implement the final tranche in this transition. so progress is being made. progress is being made on the battlefield. progress is being made with regards to the society in afghanistan. the house arab afghans is improving. is it everything we want? note. is it everything that we would hope they would be able to achieve in this timeframe? not yet. but we are moving in the right dire
monday. >>> good morning. breaking news. the 15-year-old pakistani girl shot in the head by the taliban nearly three months ago released from a british hospital we'll tell you why her recovery plenamente recuperada en un >>> as vice president joe biden welcomes new lawmakers and their families to washington, like only he can. >> come on, mom. take a chance. >> you are beautiful. >>> before she was princess, a never-before-seen photo of diana emerges and take a look at what's written on it "not to be published." why it's finally coming to light "today," friday, january 4th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller center. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm erica hill in for savannah this morning. there is good news for secretary of state hillary clinton. she plans to return to her office next week after she was, of course, hospitalized for a blood clot in her head. # >> that is good news. she's not going to be doing a lot of traveling, though, because the doctors
back the taliban. but it was always clear that at some point, you know, whether it's 2014 or '15 or '16 that military's going to have to get smaller because the afghan government cannot afford to sustain it and other countries will not put enough money into afghanistan to keep numbers at that size. >> good to see you, chris lawrence. >>> a face-off erupting in china over freedom of the press. this is all happening in a place called guangzhou, a little more than 80 miles from hong kong. in a rare protest, chinese rallied outside the offices of the southern weekly newspaper. they were supporting the journalists who say that the government rewrote an editorial calling for politic real form and gave it a positive spin. a very positive spin. howard kurtz host of "reliable sources" and the washington bureau chief of "newsweek" and "the daily beast." a lot of people surprised that they wouldn't be censorship of something like this. this newspaper's had a bit of rope in the past to play with. why does this incident be a flash point? >> certainly has seemed to touch a nev, michael. the idea of a
, and that is, is that there are safe-havens as you mentioned inside of pakistan where the afghanistan taliban harbor, and the pakistanis are protecting them. we are hoping to make some progress with those safe havens as well. jenna: one of the reasons why that's so underlined if you will is because pakistan has nuclear weapons. no one really knows for sure human there is a big question about who can get their hands-on the tphaoeubg lar weapons in the wrong scenario, that is also something we're concerned about with north korea. we'll move onto this other sorry we've been watching, a strange one if you will. you have the former governor bill richardson who has made numerous trips to north korea. he's going with google bill schmidt saying it had a humanitarian focus. north korea recently tested another rocket are, and there has been increased pressure on that country. what do you make of this? >> i think the time is really awful. and it's disappointing they didn't listen to the administration. the administration -- jenna: they said, no, right they said we are going on this private mission. wash
the deer. >> the pakistan teenagers shot by the taliban has been released from hospital and the uk. 15 year old malala yousafzai was shot while combating campaigning for gross education in her home country and taken to university hospital in birmingham for emergency treatment. her case won worldwide recognition for her struggle for women's rights in pakistan. the 15 year-old made the short list for time magazine's person of the year and out the gross father has been given a diplomatic post in the uk. the position with an initial three-year commitment virtually guarantees she'll remain in the uk. former arizona commerce one and gabrielle giffords is expected to visit new town conn today. their reports that she will be at the scene of the last month's deadly school shooting at sandy hook elementary school. the school resumes classes' today and the new building in the nearby town of monroe. giffords is still recovering after being shot in the head of the campaign and in her home state of arizona and january 2011. >> numbers from the cbc this morning showcases of the sow for the week ending dec
they have a government that's not taliban and al-qaeda free? how much does it mean to you and those who lost their lives? >> it means a lot to me. the afghan people made a lot of progress. if go back from 1979, really until the present, they've been at war. the country has been torn apart. in the last few years, they have made progress, more rights for women, more kids in schools, economic progress and a lot of different things. they don't want to lose that. to me, it's very important for our moral responsibility to the afghan people, but also for our geostrategic interest in the region. i don't necessarily think that means thousands of american troops there. i do think that it means a strategic partnership to secure in the minds of afghan people that they've got a friend. >> steve: we want to talk to you on the other side of a quick timeout about saddam hussein because there is some stuff that you can clarify for us. so the general is sticking around. more on his great new book "my share of the task" coming up. >> brian: let's check in with bill hemmer to find out what's coming up at the to
for stability if we're out entirely in two years and the taliban knows we're going to be out? and even with 70,000 troops on the ground right now, is that really possible? >> i think we've grown afghan capability a lot. but they've got to step up and actually use it. i think what president obama has offered is a strategic partnership. president karzai will be here this week in d.c. visiting president obama, and i suspect they'll be talking about something that is a durable, long-term, sustainable relationship which allows us to help without allowing us to do too much. >> have you seen the movie "zero dark thirty" yet? >> i have. i think the depiction of the raid really captures -- i went on about 150 similar raids. it's real in tenor and tone. the second is, they show a decade-long effort by hundreds of thousands of professionals day after day, year after year, despite sacrifices. i think it captures that well. >> you were part of that, and we certainly appreciate your service. >> david, thanks for having me. >> i read your book and very much enjoyed it, his new book called "my share of the ta
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